Image from last turn of Eons game From the beginning of the universe, eons have passed. In that time, galaxies have formed, stars have flared up and died, planets and nebulae have been born and been destroyed. The history of the universe, one of creation and destruction, all culminates as entropy increases. The heat death of the universe. As cosmic architects, though, it is our job to build systems and galaxy’s before it all ends. For we all know, it is not the destination that matters, but the journey. In Eons, by Gamer Nation Studios, players manipulate elements and their own cosmic essence to create stars, planets, nebulae, and life, while seeking to destroy those of the other players. Each player uses their stars to fuse heavier elements and all of their celestial bodies to gain essence to continue manipulating the universe. As each celestial body is destroyed, either naturally or through an architect’s design, entropy in the universe increases, and time begins to run out. When time runs out, the player with the most victory points in celestial bodies wins. In our play through, things started off quickly. A poor hand early on led one player to begin destroying stars early. This led to a bit of a war, an early neutron star, and some mid game stalling by one player. In the end, each player fell into a different tactic, and gained some momentum as the universe began to wind down. When our game ended, the score was close, and our play time was the exact 90 minutes printed on the box. Each player had a blast creating and destroying, and seeking to get the upper hand without providing too much uranium (used to create black holes and neutron stars) to a single player. In all, Eons was a great experience. Complex enough to create varied play, but not too difficult to teach quickly. We would like to thank Gamer Nation Studios for this great donation, as well as for their donation of Edition Wars and the Eons: Cosmic Expansions. If you would like to give Eons a try, or another selection from Gamer Nation Studios, they are available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.

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